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02-28-2011, 01:44 PM   #16
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Do you think that they became aware of the contents of this thread?!
Cheers, Pickles.
I don't think so...

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this thread inspired me to do something I've always wanted to do. I went on ebay and bought some exotic leather (7" by 24") to put on my cameras

Since you mentioned it's stingray, it should be fairly stable, but I'd mist it with some sprayed-on moisture before applying. (more importantly, cutting.) At least once. The stuff is commonly-used for sword hilts, but any errors in sizing that might just tighten on wood (It's meant to tighten in that application) will be pretty obvious on a camera body.

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thanks for the advise!

HUGE!_________STRIP STINGRAY SKIN HIDE LEATHER 28" long - eBay (item 120686149359 end time Mar-18-11 20:58:15 PDT)

4 more left too. One should be enough for my 645 and my super program
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thanks for the advise!

HUGE!_________STRIP STINGRAY SKIN HIDE LEATHER 28" long - eBay (item 120686149359 end time Mar-18-11 20:58:15 PDT)

4 more left too. One should be enough for my 645 and my super program
Hrm. Very likely plenty, yes. You could do worse than actually check out some Japanese sword sites for a clue as to how that material will handle: it's likely not of that grade, but I can't really tell how it might have been treated from the photo: it might be worth trying some on something besides a camera you like first, the experience will be worth it.

Looks like fun, just be patient.

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I guess cow or kid leather is no different, but - don't tell any vegan or environmentalist friends what is really covering your camera
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I guess cow or kid leather is no different, but - don't tell any vegan or environmentalist friends what is really covering your camera
I need to hide my shoes!!
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I'm trying to source some leather to re-cover my ME and Program Plus (which has badly peeled vinyl on it now). I may have a line on some moose and elk hide, which would be a bit different depending on how it has been treated.
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I'm trying to source some leather to re-cover my ME and Program Plus (which has badly peeled vinyl on it now). I may have a line on some moose and elk hide, which would be a bit different depending on how it has been treated.
Moose or elk! :O
Maybe I should look into Kangaroo hide for my 67. Certainly enough of those animals around!

Zav - Please don't mistake me for the Vegan, as I'm definately not. My current shoes are made of leather too!

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I do have a full wallaby hide and some small sections of kangaroo around, but with the fur on they would make for a really weird camera. While looking for leather off-cuts I found a place that sells full cow hides with the fur on and dyed in the colour of your choice, but that would be even weirder.
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cutting the stingray is like cutting bone. it sucks, but I'm working on it. I'm doing my pentax 645 first. It looks very rough (cutting quality wise)
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the hack job on the left is horrible haha. Oh, and this stuff broke my hole puncher
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Hrm, that may have been a bit too much cutting challenge for you, there. If the skin itself is that hard you might actually be able to take it off and Dremel the edges better, though.
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I have read similar complaints about both leatherette suppliers. AFAIK all orders are eventually fulfilled.
This is a very small specialized "niche" market, and raw materials are probably only available sporadically.

Long waits and poor communication are not uncommon in the old camera field.
Just read some of the threads on RFF about Leica CLAs.
A cranky old geezer who "lost his job to a machine" may not consider email
a very productive use of time.

Perhaps email has spoiled us a bit, too. Today we expect instant gratification, er, responses.
But not too many years ago you mailed a check, crossed your fingers,
and checked the mailbox every day for the next six months...

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Today we expect instant gratification, er, responses.
Dude, I waited more than a month after sending my first email before sharing my grief. And If you start to use a 21st century tool to sell your stuff be prepared for it...
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Only a month?

Suggest you pop over to RFF as suggested and read some stories there, "Dude"...

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